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2016-2019 Rotary Reflections

It is times like this, in the Spring of 2020, when one especially reflects on how wonderful the outside world really is… Several years ago, the Purdue Polytechnic’s transformation of the undergraduate learning experience added humanities into its traditionally technical framework, specifically the “integration of topics in the humanities that enrich our students’ understanding of […]

4 of 4) Rotterdam, Netherlands

The fourth and final leg of the trip was to Rotterdam, Netherlands, 499 km from Hamburg. Country Manufacturing Value-Added (% of GDP): 12% (World Bank)  Rotterdam is a progressive, multicultural city whose mayor is the first in the country to be an immigrant (a Muslim, no less).  New Economy (2016) noted that “Rotterdam has embraced innovation and experimental […]

3 of 4) Hamburg, Germany

The third leg of the trip was to Hamburg, Germany, 490 km from Prague. Country Manufacturing Value-Added (% of GDP): 21% (World Bank) Hamburg is widely considered the most international of all German cities and has the highest percentage of international residents in Germany at 14% (LabourEconomics, 2019).  It has a notable history in trade […]

2 of 4) Prague, Czech Republic

The second leg of the trip was to Prague, Czech Republic, 402 km from Munich. Country Manufacturing Value-Added (% of GDP) 27% (World Bank, 2019)  The Czech Republic was the longtime industrial center of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.  According to EuroStat (2018), “The most important sector for Czech SMEs is manufacturing, which generates almost 30% of […]

1 of 4) Munich, Germany

Country Manufacturing Value-Added (% of GDP): 21% (World Bank, 2019)  Germany has the strongest economy in the EU, and the southern region of Bavaria has the strongest economy in Germany.  Munich, the largest city in Bavaria, is both a cultural hub, as the center of Oktoberfest, and the economic engine/high-tech center of Germany.  The city […]

4 of 4) Rotterdam, Netherlands

The fourth and final leg of the trip was to Rotterdam, Netherlands, 310 miles from Hamburg. Country Manufacturing Value-Added (% of GDP): 12% (World Bank)  Rotterdam is a progressive, multicultural city whose mayor is the first in the country to be an immigrant (a Muslim, no less).  New Economy (2016) noted that “Rotterdam has embraced innovation and experimental […]

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